Scott Asheton, drummer and founding member of the Stooges, died late Saturday night, he was 64.

Along with his late brother Ron, he was one of the sole constants in the legendary band, forming it with Iggy Pop, and the late Dave Alexander in 1967. Asheton played on each of the three seminal albums released in their initial seven year run, and returned to play drums in the band's ongoing reunion in 2003.

Asheton sat outside of the spotlight to the rear of one of rock's greatest frontmen for almost his entire career, but his presence was always felt, and he became a great inspiration for a generation of drummers with bad attitudes and volume in their hearts. He was the clean-cut crash on The Stooges, the rolling fury on Fun House, the hard-hitting drive of Raw Power.

Iggy Pop has released a statement regarding Asheton's death via Facebook, it reads:

My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.

Iggy Pop

Asheton leaves behind one of music's loudest legacies. Stream the Stooges' 'Down on the Street', 'Shake Appeal', and 'No Fun' below.

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